Cuba

Civic freedoms in Cuba becoming increasingly restrained

Cuba continues to use arbitrary detention and harassment as strategies to restrict civic space. A frequent target of such tactics, organization Damas de Blanco (Ladies in White) reported that 26 of their members were arrested on 23rd of June on their way to Sunday Masses, which were organised as rites of prayer for the freedom of political prisoners. Read more

Civic freedoms in Cuba becoming increasingly restrained

New constitution voting process triggers violations to civic space

According to the Cuban Committee on Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCHDRN), the number of arrests for political reasons increased in January 2019 with 144 documented cases and February 2019 with 310 cases. Read more

New constitution voting process triggers violations to civic space

Activists continue to face detention for opposing law restricting artistic expression

As reported previously on the CIVICUS Monitor, a new decree that restricts artistic expressions entered into force in December 2018. Activists opposing the Decree 349 continue to face restrictions, including arbitrary arrest. Read more

Activists continue to face detention for opposing law restricting artistic expression
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After 62 days in hunger strike, Tomas Nuñez was released

The political prisoner Tomas Nuñez Magdariaga was released on 15th October 2018 after 62 days in a hunger strike. Read more

After 62 days in hunger strike, Tomas Nuñez was released

Women are the main victims of State repression

The Comisión Cubana de Derechos Humanos y Reconciliación Nacional (Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation, CCDHRN) reported an increase in the number of arbitrary detentions. Read more

Women are the main victims of State repression


In a post-Castro era with a new president, what has changed for Cuban activists and opposition?

On 11th March 2018 Cubans voted for their representatives in the National Assembly who then elected Miguel Diaz-Canel as the country's new president on 19th April. After almost six decades of Castro family rule, the country will now be led by someone not related to the Castros. Read more

In a post-Castro era with a new president, what has changed for Cuban activists and opposition?

A surge in travel bans leaves activists and journalists unable to speak out overseas

Several journalists and activists were banned from traveling abroad mainly in the context of Cuba general elections Read more

 A surge in travel bans leaves activists and journalists unable to speak out overseas


State reportedly kept independent candidates off the ballot in municipal elections

In the weeks leading up to the 26th November municipal elections, there were reports of independent candidates and activists being harassed or detained by authorities to keep them from participating in the election. Read more

State reportedly kept independent candidates off the ballot in municipal elections